On behalf of the
men and women of
the MAN Network,
The MAN Network was organized in the fall of 2006 and officially
launched January 2007 with the gracious support of The Skillman
Foundation. We have been blessed by Almighty God with a great
beginning and tremendous growth. We exist to let men know
that it's OK to BE A MAN. In a world where there is identity
confusion, mistaken identity, and even identity theft it is imperative
that Men are affirmed, celebrated and encouraged to return to their God
given role in society: LEADERSHIP. That being said, at the
heart of our passion is our desire to make the places
where our families live, work, and play, safe.
There is a passage in the The Bible that says "while men slept, an
enemy came in and sowed tares among the wheat."
(Matt. 13:25). John F. Kennedy once said "evil triumphs when
good men do nothing." It is time for men everywhere to rise
up. We are here to gather the men. We are here to
target specific issues and deal with them. We believe our
city is moving in a positive direction and the forces that would oppose
progress must move out of the way.
In the spirit of true brotherhood we reach out in fellowship to all
like passioned endeavors. Light Houses don't
compete! We embrace and celebrate all the good efforts of the
Block Clubs, Radio Patrols, Peace Keepers, Detroit Arise, The Parent
Network, The Akebualn Villege, Inota At One and the Mothers, Fathers,
Sisters and Brothers that stand on porches, and corners and watch to
keep our children and city safe. To all of the above
and many more we say THANK YOU for all you have
done. Our former Mayor, Kwame M. Kilpatrick once said,
"disorganized love can not defeat organized crime."
We are all passionate about something but lets be passionate together
and restore the village, rebuild the city, and restore the hope.
We did not pick the fight,
we did not start the fight,
but we are now in the fight
and we can not lose!
All Praise To Jesus
Bishop Tony Russell, Founder
Pastor Valerie Russell, Executive Director
THE MAN NETWORK